John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education


JNGI 2018 Annual Gateway Course Experience Conference

March 25-27, 2018, Westin Galleria Hotel, Houston, TX

Hundreds of institutional leaders, faculty, student success specialists, teaching and learning technology and institutional research professionals will join us at the JNGI 2018 Gateway Course Experience Conference to create and/or improve support for students in gateway courses.

Now Accepting Proposals!

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Connect and Learn:

  • Engage in cross functional discussions about excellence in teaching, faculty development, and curriculum redesign
  • Discover the latest promising practices
  • Explore early warning systems, analytics, academic help labs, and other tools and/or approaches
  • Discuss pre-enrollment placement and preparation strategies
  • Develop further understanding of the body of knowledge about gateway courses and completion

Who Should Attend:

  • Institutional leaders interested in learning more about the role of gateway courses in student success and completion
  • Faculty who teach, coordinate and/or develop curriculum for high enrollment courses and/or high risk gateway courses
  • Student success staff actively involved with supporting student achievement in high enrollment and/or high risk gateway courses
  • Information technology staff involved in the development and application of learner analytics to improve institutional and student performance in gateway courses
  • Institutional research and/or institutional effectiveness staff interested in learning about the application of data to improve teaching and learning in gateway courses

Featured Speakers

Featured Speakers

Plenary Speakers

Philip Uri Treisman, Professor of Mathematics, Professor of Public Affairs & Executive Director, The Charles A. Dana Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Featured Sessions



Schedule and List of Sessions 

Sunday, March 25th

12:00 – 3:00 pm – Onsite Check In
3:00 – 5:00 pm – Opening and Plenary Talk from Uri Treisman
5:00 – 6:00 pm – Reception

Monday, March 26th

7:00 – 8:00 am – Breakfast Buffet
8:00 – 9:00 am – Concurrent Sessions
9:15 – 10:15 am – Concurrent Sessions
10:15 – 10:30 am – Morning Break
10:30 – 11:30 am – Concurrent Sessions
11:30 am – 1:00 pm – Lunch and Plenary Talk
1:00 – 2:00 pm – Concurrent Sessions
2:15 – 3:15 pm – Concurrent Sessions
3:15 – 3:30 pm  – Afternoon Break
3:30 – 4:30 pm – Concurrent Sessions
4:45 – 5:45 pm – Featured Sessions

Tuesday, March 27th

7:00 – 8:00 am – Breakfast Buffet
8:00 – 9:00 am – Concurrent Sessions
9:15 – 10:15 am – Concurrent Sessions
10:15 – 10:30 am – Morning Break
10:30 – 11:30 am – Featured Sessions
11:45 am – 12:15 pm – Closing Session



Register Now!

Hotel Room Rate: $179 per night, Call 1-800-937-8461 and mention Gateway Conference or click here to make online reservations. 

Fee for Conference: Fee $595 before February 1st. $650 starting February 1st. $50 group discount. Free registration for Chief Academic Officer (no surrogates allowed) if four other registrants attend from one institution. Email Angie Whiteside at to redeem this offer when the four people have registered. Full time undergraduate student rate – $250, please email Angie Whiteside to redeem this offer

Pre Conference Workshops: $175 (there are three to choose from) – 8 am to 12 pm, breakfast from 7:15 – 8 am.

Contact: Please contact Angela Whiteside ( or 828-449-8053) with questions or comments.


Preconference Workshops

#1 Reimagining Academic Advising to Support a Culture of Success

Presenter:  Charlie Nutt, Executive Director, NACADA

Description:  At many institutions, academic advising still supports a culture of scheduling/registration or a culture of compliance by the ways in which academic advising is organized, delivered, and defined for the campus community, including students.

As institutions begin to seriously analyze the issues involving student success on their campuses, including success in Gateway Courses impacting their student completion rate, it is essential that such institutions carefully analyze the academic advising experiences of students throughout their tenure at an institution.

In this preconference workshop, participants will learn the key connections between academic advising and student success/completion, the process and steps for conducting an analysis of academic advising at both the unit and institutional levels, and how to develop and implement an action plan for implementing changes in the academic advising experiences of students.

Participants are encouraged to bring to the workshop a brief summary of the present academic advising structures and organizational models at their institutions with the reasons for why these exist.

Participant Learning Outcomes: Participants will learn:

  • The role that quality academic advising plays in improving student success
  • The variety of approaches of academic advising delivery
  • The role that data must play in analyzing what issues exist in regard to student success on a campus
  • Methods for analyzing the academic advising experiences of students
  • Methods of developing an action plan for implementation on their campus

#2 Accelerated Learning Program/Co-Requisite Remediation

Presenter:  Susan Gabriel, Director, Accelerated Learning Program and Associate Professor of English, Community College of Baltimore County

Description: COMING SOON

Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals

Request for Proposal – Annual Gateway Course Experience Conference

March 25-27, 2018 Houston, TX

Please complete the form, print, and return the proposal by email:

Submission deadline: December 1, 2017





We invite you to participate in the JNGI 2018 Gateway Course Experience Conference at the Westin Galleria Hotel, Houston, TX.  This conference offers many opportunities for exhibitors and sponsors to connect with motivated and on-target prospects while also demonstrating support for higher education’s efforts to improve student success.

Options include:

  • Exhibitor
  • Exhibitor with Concurrent Session
  • Variety of Sponsorship with Concurrent Sessions
  • Conference App Ads

Exhibitor and Sponsor Information

2018 Exhibitors

John N. Gardner Institute (JNGI)


Endorsing Organizations

2018 Endorsing Organizations

The Reinvention Collaborative